A Multi-Purpose Organizational Goal:
Accelerate Strong Shared Understanding
All organizations possess an “invisible” yet critical asset.
This asset can be quickly leveraged to rapidly improve performance in many areas.
The asset is shared understanding among stakeholders of the overall workplan and each other’s capabilities, interests, ideas and plans.
- Do we see things the same way?
- Are we on the same page?
- Do we understand each other’s points of view?
- Where do our plans overlap or conflict?
- Where can we accommodate our different interests?
- What can we learn from each other?
- How can we help each other?
Think about the times just recently where things “went wrong” and required extra work. How many of those problems were caused by lack of strong shared understanding of the situation?
Examples of organizational activities where stronger shared understanding among stakeholders adds value:
- Business Development
- Project Management
- Organizational Change
- Decision Making
- Operational Coordination
- Operations Execution
- Continuous Improvement
If you are not sure of the importance of shared understanding, imagine reducing it by 5% in any organizational area.
If you think shared understanding already exists, ask why is there so much time spent with low-efficiency methods for creating and maintaining shared understanding: long cycles of meetings, emails and telephone calls
⇒ Consider the importance of strong shared understanding.
⇒ Focus on ways to rapidly increase it.